Custom Home Tips to Maximize Your Entertainment

For families who love to entertain throughout the year, entertainment space is an important consideration when designing a custom home.  Building a custom home allows you to integrate spaces that make it easier to open up your home to host and entertain family and friends.  If you plan to entertain in your new custom home, here are a few design ideas to consider to ensure that your guests are pampered and happy.

Foyer/Entry:  Make sure the foyer is welcoming and stylish to set the tone as guests enter.   Generous coat closets and boot benches make it easy for guests to enter and depart.

Kitchen Island:  The kitchen is typically considered one of the most important rooms in the home.  A beautiful kitchen island is often a place that family and friends tend to gather and makes a great area to prepare or stage food for entertaining.  Include some seating around the island to encourage guests to stay awhile.

Wet Bar:  Adding a beverage center either near the kitchen or the game room gives your guests the ability to easily make themselves at home.  Make sure there is a sink and plenty of storage for glassware. For appliances, consider a wine fridge, small refrigerator, beverage drawer, ice maker, and dedicated dishwasher.

Dining room:  Designing your dining room to accommodate large groups for special holidays or events provides a way to keep everyone together instead of sending the overflow to another room.

Lighting:  Creating the right ambiance for each room through lighting is an important consideration for every new home.   Building in lighting controls for recessed lights and decorative lighting fixtures allows you to adjust the mood of a room at any time.  Using computer technology, whole-house lighting can also be controlled electronically.

Media/Theater room:  Dedicated media or theater rooms allow your guests to watch their favorite team play on the big screen in comfort while staying near other guests.

Entertainment system:  Set the mood with music.  Consider a whole house entertainment system to enjoy music in every room.

Game Room:  Large open spaces can accommodate pool tables, ping pong tables and game tables, giving your guests a place to enjoy a little friendly competition.  Adding a plank wood wall or wainscot can help minimize damage to the walls from rambunctious activities.

Guest Accommodations:  Comfort your guests with the little extras that will make them feel like they never left home.  Adding dimmers to the decorative lighting gives your guests control of their environment.  Include at least a queen-sized bed and one cozy sitting chair.  A small desk with a nice lamp and chair is also a nice touch.  To make the room more like a hotel, add a TV along with lots of pillows on the bed so they can comfortably watch their favorite shows.  The guest bath should provide enough space & storage for all their toiletries and grooming needs.  Keep a few basics toiletries on hand in case your guests forget something.   A luxury shower is the ultimate treat.  Designing a beautiful shower with quality fixtures and even a heated towel rack will make your guest feel pampered.

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Our dedicated team of architects and designers will create a custom home where you will love to entertain family and friends.  We look forward to working with you to build your dream entertaining home.

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